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Western Australia Minister for Culture and Arts John Day

Best-Selling Book The Children To Be filmed

Victor P Taffa

  • Emerging Perth filmmakers receive $750,000 through West Coast Visions
  • Winning script adaptation of best-selling novel The Children
  • Filming to take place in and around southern-east edge of Perth in 2013

A feature film script based on the best-selling novel The Children has been selected to receive $750,000 in production funding through a special State Government initiative for emerging filmmakers.

Culture and Arts Minister John Day said ScreenWest’s West Coast Visions initiative provided significant funding towards a well-developed, low-budget feature film.

“West Coast Visions is the biggest fund offered by ScreenWest, with $750,000 of production investment funding available for one project per year.” Mr. Day said.


“The Children is an adaptation of Charlotte Wood’s best-selling novel that follows successful TV war correspondent Mandy Connelly as she’s forced to confront her own guilt and post-traumatic stress when she uncovers a dark family secret.”

“West Coast Visions is a great initiative that not only increases the level of feature film production in Western Australia but also gives local practitioners more experience it’s a great achievement for the creative team from Factor 30 and Denaire Motion Pictures to be selected for this project.”

“It is highly-competitive with the short-listed teams facing two days of interviews but the West Coast Visions assessment panel agreed The Children was the most competitive nomination.”

Director/producer Claire McCarthy (The Waiting City), producer Melissa Kelly (Blame) and cinematographer/producer Denson Baker (The Waiting City; Oranges and Sunshine; The Black Balloon) aim to begin filming in 2013 subject to further development and full financing.

The team has already pinpointed a number of filming locations in and around the southern-east region of Perth, including transforming a tranche of vacant council land in Armadale into the landscapes of Afghanistan.

Fact File

  • Projects funded through West Coast Visions include These Final Hours, Blame, Wasted on the Young, and Last Train to Freo

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